Drawing illustration
Self portrait with illustration folder
children book illustration
Illustration process painting
Sketching for thesis design

About me starts as a doctor. I studied medicine, did a minor in journalism, worked as an intern at a medical magazine and then started my training to become a dermatologist. I already knew for a long time that I wanted to go in a different direction. The plan was to finish my education as a dermatologist and then put the diploma in a drawer. After all, I just had one more year to go. Someone said to me: “it’s just one year, but still one whole year of your life.” I quite one year before I got my diploma.

 

I knew that I wanted to do something creative, apart from that I had no idea. The future was a white canvas. I followed model drawing classes at the local art school and a course in graphic design. A couple of former colleagues and a good friend did a PhD and they asked me if I wanted to design their thesis cover. This is how it started. Now, I’m already a couple of years further and I’ve designed over 150 thesis covers.

 

What I enjoy is combining your personal story with your scientific subject. I love it that I need to switch on my brain all the time. I feel like a scientific journalist every now and then: I get to know a lot of what is going on in the scientific world. My brain has become a ‘creative fountain’. At first the ideas came with drops, now it’s a constant stream. I know exactly what I need to do to let it flow: walking, cycling and in the morning when I haven’t completely waked up yet the ideas come. Mostly I talk to you, I write down some key words on my hand and then go off for a walk. As soon as I can let things go, the idea pops into my mind.

 

Now, the ideas do not only appear on the basis of a thesis, but also by itself. At the moment I’m making my own picture book. At this moment that’s a project of which I don’t know where it’s going. What I do know is that my own values are reflected in the story, even though I didn’t set it up that way: discovery/adventure, helping each other, everyone has their own talent and everyone walks their own path. I have a small collection of picture books from other illustrators, which I love to look at. With just a few words picture books can reveal beautiful worlds and bring across strong messages. One day I hope to finish my own picture book. And if then I also inspire someone with it, I’d be incredibly happy.

Picture book illustration

Thank you!

The photos on this website were taken by Veronica Morales. She takes pictures using natural daylight and helps creative freelancers like me to show their proces. She’s also a wonderful cook and shares delicious recipes on her website!